Kin of Dadra lynching case accused continue sit-in
Lucknow, Oct 3 (IANS) Women relatives of 16 persons arrested in the Dadri lynching case continued to stage their sit-in for the third day on Monday to demand the arrest of Jan Mohammad, a brother of deceased Mohammad Akhlaq who was beaten to death by a mob.
Activists of many local organisations joined the women protesters at a temple in their native village Bishada in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh to support their demand.
The protesters led by Sadhvi Hari Siddhi demanded that Jan Mohammad, an accused in a cow slaughter case, be arrested immediately. They accused police of acting under state government pressure in the case.
A mob had lynched 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq and injured his son Danish after dragging them out of their home in Bishada village on September 28, 2015, following rumours that they had slaughtered a cow and consumed beef.
A total of 19 persons were accused in the case. Of these, one was given a clean chit by police and let off. Two minors were also bailed out by courts. The remaining 16 accused are lodged in jail.